Interesting Finds

From Stoney Burke to Steve McGarrett

Here is a well-written article about Jack from Stoney Burke to Steve McGarrett. It is based on interviews the author had with Jack between 1962 and 1975. 

Major, Jack.  Jack Lord’s Fussiness About His Roles Finally Paid Off Big Time.

Curious Coincidence – Barbara Horgan

I was looking on Netflix for something to watch when I was attracted to a documentary called Afternoon of a Faun about the life of Tanaquil Le Clercq. Known as Tanny by her friends, Miss Le Clercq was a tall and graceful ballerina in the style of modern ballerinas, at least since the days of Gelsey Kirkland. She was married to George Balanchine, artistic director of the New York City Ballet, and was a close friend of Jerome Robbins, dancer and choreographer.

One of the principal speakers in the documentary was Barbara Horgan, managing trustee of The George Balanchine Trust. Miss Horgan began her career as an aspiring actress and had appeared in a few minor roles when she became a secretary for the New York City Ballet in the early 1950s. In 1963, she became personal assistant to George Balanchine, a position she held for twenty years, until his death in 1983. Since 1986, she was managed his Trust.

Does her name sound familiar? Her surname – Horgan – should. Miss Horgan is the daughter of Ralph Thomas Horgan, who owned Horgan Ford for which Jack sold while he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actor’s Studio. According to Mr. Horgan’s obituary in the New York Times, Horgan Ford became one of the largest Ford dealerships in the world!

Quite Unexpected

Jack was portrayed by Eric Callero in the FX Network’s presentation of Feud: Bette and Joan / “And the Winner Is . . .”  It is only a cameo, showing him and an uncredited “Marie” arriving for the 35th Academy Awards. He is introduced as the star of Stoney Burke, which was airing at the time the scene was set.

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